Sep 20, 2017

09/20/2017: What Puerto Rico is doing to help evacuees

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(U.S. Edition) Though much of Puerto Rico was spared from Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria is now bearing down. We'll take a look at the efforts the territory is making to shelter evacuees. Afterwards, we'll discuss a new report that shows nearly 9 out of every 10 U.S. students have adequate internet bandwidth in their classrooms — a huge increase from four years ago when less than 10 percent did. How'd the digital divide get narrowed so quickly? Plus: We interview Gillian Thomas, a senior staff attorney with the Women's Rights Project at the ACLU, about the push to prohibit workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation.

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Puerto Rico takes on major sheltering effort as Maria strikes Caribbean

Sep 20, 2017
As Hurricane Maria beats its path through the Caribbean, Puerto Rico has more than 450 shelters to house up to 60,000 evacuees. Many are from surrounding islands. They’ve been on Puerto Rico since before Hurricane Irma hit and may need a place to stay for weeks or months. Click the audio player above to hear […]

88 percent of US students now have fast internet in their classrooms. Here’s why.

Sep 20, 2017
Four years ago, less than 10 percent of U.S. students had adequate internet bandwidth in their classrooms, based on Federal Communications Commission standards. Today, 88 percent do, according to a report out this week from nonprofit EducationSuperHighway. How did the digital divide get narrowed so quickly?  Click the audio player above to hear the full […]

(U.S. Edition) Though much of Puerto Rico was spared from Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria is now bearing down. We’ll take a look at the efforts the territory is making to shelter evacuees. Afterwards, we’ll discuss a new report that shows nearly 9 out of every 10 U.S. students have adequate internet bandwidth in their classrooms — a huge increase from four years ago when less than 10 percent did. How’d the digital divide get narrowed so quickly? Plus: We interview Gillian Thomas, a senior staff attorney with the Women’s Rights Project at the ACLU, about the push to prohibit workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation.

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Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC